Appeal brings in more than 1,000 meals

I WOULD like to thank the hundreds of customers at Sainsbury’s in West Monkseaton who helped to make FareShare’s Million Meal Appeal such a big success.

People’s generosity was overwhelming and the outcome was twice what was expected, with more than 1,000 meals resulting from this appeal.

Members of Angels of the North were extremely grateful for the terrific enthusiasm with which the volunteers from Sainsbury’s staff worked tirelessly to make the unique event such a success.

The Million Meal Appeal comes at a crucial time.

It is estimated that around 8.5 million people in the UK live in deep poverty, meaning they struggle to afford food.

Collections in Sainsbury’s stores throughout the country were co-ordinated by FareShare, a charity fighting hunger and food waste throughout the UK.

Last year, FareShare rescued 3,600 tonnes of surplus food which contributed towards more than 8.6 million meals, feeding 36,500 people a day.

Angels of the North is currently supporting 480 needy families in the area with regular deliveries of the necessities of life and the invaluable support of Sainsbury’s with this work is crucial.

BARBARA CONNORS-FOWLER

Honorary chief executive officer

Angels of the North